Selective laser melting of al alloys: microstructure and mechanical property development

Wang, Wei (2016). Selective laser melting of al alloys: microstructure and mechanical property development. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.

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The aim of this project is developing a near net-shape processing route for Al-alloy compressor components with Selective Laser Melting (SLM). Design of experiments (DOE) techniques such as the Response Surface Method, and statistical analysis using the analysis of variance (ANOVA) were applied for processing parameter optimisation in order to minimise the defects (pores or cracks) and studying the influence of powder, such as chemical composition, particle shape/ morphology and particle size and SLM parameters, such as laser power, laser scan speed, hatch spacing, laser scan strategy, island size. The tensile, fatigue and creep properties of the samples built using the optimum parameters were assessed. The microstructures were assessed using optical, scanning and electron transmission microscopy. The influence of building directions (0°, 45°, and 90°) and post processing (T6 heat treatment and Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIPping)) on microstructure and mechanical properties were also investigated.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
School or Department: School of Metallurgy and Materials
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: T Technology > TN Mining engineering. Metallurgy


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